8 recommended books

I have the odd tendency to not completely finish books that I’ve started and to also have several going on at the same time.  Here is a list of 8 books I found either educational or entertaining and thus worth recommending. Consider them to have the “Trevin Seal of Approval”.

The first 6 books are some I’ve read (or started) within the last 8 months whereas the final 2 were pulled from my list of all-time favorites 😉

  1. Ugly Americans  — simply written, entertaining story.  Same author as Bringing Down the Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition (Digital Photography Series)house, so if you’ve read that one, expect the same type of writing style. 
  2. Complete Digital Photography — the definitive bible on digital photography covering everything from picture taking to workflow.  I just started this book but so far it’s living up to the hype.
  3. The World is Flat — if you haven’t heard of this book I want to know the rock you live under.
  4. Perfect Digital Photography — another great book on digital photography. Not as comprehensive as Complete Digital Photography but these 2 books compliment each other nicely.
  5. Freakonomics — Fantastic read, very enlightening.  A brilliant economist applies economics to dissect ‘real world’ topics.  Sure fire water cooler talk the next day after you finish this book.  E.g. “Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers?” and “What makes a perfect parent?”.   The answers will surprise you.
  6. Agile Project Management with Scrum — heard of the latest craze and buzz words like “agile development”, and even more popular, “Scrum”?  This book explains what Scrum is in a nutshell and how it applies to project management. Even if you don’t apply Scrum or agile development after reading this book, you will be better off for having read it.
  7. The 80/20 Principle — Relatively quick and easy read, explaining how Pareto’s famous 80/20 Macroeconomic Essentials - 2nd Edition: Understanding Economics in the Newsprinciple about the predictability of the distribution of wealth.  The 80/20 principle has much more meaning than just applying to wealth, but even matters of sales, consumption and even the stock market. 
  8. Macroeconomic essentials — This was the text book from my Macroeconomics class back in College (go Econ 105!) and the author was also my professor. This book was one of the books I enjoyed most at SFU.  I still use the information I gleaned from this class (and book) to this day.